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The Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC) has been saving lives and changing lives for 26 years. But now, we're the ones who need help.

BSVAC is the nation’s first multi-cultural volunteer ambulance corps and EMT training facility, founded in 1988 by two EMS workers, Captain James "Rocky" Robinson" and Specialist Joe Perez. "The Vollies" serve a community disproportionately affected by physical and economic trauma. When BSVAC first began operations, the neighborhood was ravaged by violence related to crack cocaine, and the response time in Bed-Stuy for city ambulances averaged about 30 minutes. Today, BSVAC responds to over 100 emergency calls a month with an average response time of less than 4 minutes. In addition to medical services, BSVAC has worked tirelessly to teach life-saving skills to Bed-Stuy residents and connect them to careers in emergency medicine. To date, about ten thousand local residents have been trained through our certified CPR, first aid and EMT training programs. Graduates have attained full-time positions as EMTs, and some even go on to become nurses, physicians' assistants, and doctors.

The New York State Legislature has awarded us a reimbursement grant of $125,000. This means that we first have to raise and spend $125,000 on our own to receive the grant! BSVAC URGENTLY needs these funds for a new ambulance and medical and training equipment.

Here's how you can help us!

  1. Contribute to our 60-day campaign by clicking "Donate" above.
    Our Goal: $125,000 OR MORE!!

  2. Spread the word (and video!) via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

  3. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

  4. Join our fundraising team! Click "Fundraise for this campaign" above.

Thank you very much for your time, and welcome to our family!